a friend of mine and I are thinking about doing the BC Bike race next year, so I would like to lighten my Prophet a little without going all carbon crazy.
My Prophet started as a Prophet 600, but since then a few upgrades have been done, so I will list all of the components:
Frame Prophet Small
Fork Lefty Max TPC
Rear Shock RockShox Pearl 3.3
Rims Mavic XM321
Front Hub Cannondale Lefty
Rear Hub Shimano XTR
Spokes DT Champion
Front Tire Nokian NBX 2.3
Rear Tire Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1
Pedals Time Atac XS Carbon
Crankset FSA V-Drive MegaExo
Chain Shimano 9-speed
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 11-34
Front Derailleur Shimano LX
Rear Derailleur Shimano XTR
Shifters Shimano Deore
Handlebars FSA XC-280, 25 mm rise
Stem Cannondale Holy HeadShok 31.8
Headset Cannondale HeadShok Si
Brakeset Shimano XTR
Brakelevers Shimano XT
Saddle Specialized Avatar 143
Seat Post Kalloy SP-248D
I have done some research and it looks like the places where I could gain some weight would be on the cassette (Shimano CS-M960: -140g), the crankset (RaceFace Deus X-Type: -160g; Shimano XTR FC-M960: -180g) and the tires by going to skinnier tire, but apart from that, what would you change? The wheelset is another obvious one, but the Shimano XTR hub is fairly light from what I have seen, so maybe just upgrade the spokes and rim? If so what rim? The Crossmax SL are kind of out of the question as I would like to keep the XTR hub, unless there is a good reason for not keeping it.
What about the handlebars, seatpost and pedals? Do the Eggbeaters feel different when riding that the Time?
My style of riding is fairly cautious. I ride mostly rooty and rocky x-country trails with small jumps (1 foot to 2 feet) but I am not the smoothest rider and tend to just plow through things. I am not a clyde either as I weigh around 140-145lbs with gear.
I try to weigh the bike using a very unscientific method - me on the scale, record the number (A), me on the scale with the bike on my shoulder, record the number (B), B-A=bike weight - and found it to be around 31lbs right now. Ideally, I would like the bike to be around 28-29lbs, is it possible without breaking the bank and going all carbon?
Thanks a lot in advance for taking the time to respond.
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